The county terminated the contract with its election software consultants just six months before the next election. “It is now required in Indiana that electronic poll books have to be certified,” Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said as she explained Monday to county commissioners why the contract needed to end. “Our current vendor, Votec, has determined they are not going to go through that certification process. So not only do we need to terminate this contract, but we need to find a new vendor.” The certification process is reviewed by the Voting Systems Technology Oversight Program, which is operated out of Ball State University in Muncie. The county has used Votec, which is based in San Diego, since the 2011 elections, Coffey said.
Three vendors possibly could provide the county with the certified poll books and software that is needed to pass muster with the oversight program, she told commissioners. They are Robis Elections out of Wheaton, Ill., Knowink from St. Louis and ES&S in Omaha, Neb.
County officials will need select a new vendor and certify the poll books before the May 6 primary election, which puts some pressure on Coffey and election officials.